On the latest edition of Eye on College Basketball Podcast 247, Athletic Director of Scouting Adam Finkelstein joined CBS Sports’ David Cobb to discuss some of the week’s most important storylines and topics in the recruiting world.
(0:30) Should Duke fans be worried that John Shayer not yet committed to the 2024 national class after placing first in the national class in both 2022 and 2023?
(1:40) Is the 2024 national class strong compared to previous and possibly future classes? What factors could change this?
(3:50) How did Tre Johnson reach the top spot in the national rankings and who else competed?
(4:50) What does early ranking mean in terms of these prospects in the long run?
(6:00) What’s all the buzz about Overtime Elite now that they’re home to players who plan to play college basketball?
(7:45) How Naas Cunningham to help change the perception and maybe the mission of OTE?
(8:30) What’s next for OTE, especially for players who hope to play college basketball?
(11:30) What happened to those people who said OTE and NIL would be the death of college basketball?
(13:30) Are there players who can now make more money in college than in the NBA or other professional settings?
(14:45) Why is height important in basketball (that was a serious question)?
(16:10) What can we learn from players like Gorgeous Alexander as well as Zack Ziegler?
(18:45) How UConn made it into the top 3 nationally and how we saw their hiring philosophy evolve in And Hurley?
(20:00) How has UConn expanded its recruiting efforts over the past year?
(21:00) Why was Jaylene Stewart under-recruited and why would he be important to UConn?
(21:45) Maybe Adam Sanogo, Andre Jacksonas well as Jordan Hawkins does everyone turn pro after this season?
(23:30) Should UConn be considered one of the top 25 programs in the country ahead of college season?
(25:00) Where will UConn’s recruiting course end up nationwide at the end of the year?
(27:00) How has recruiting affected UConn’s offensive rating in recent years, which has improved with every season since Hurley moved to the Storrs?
The full episode can be found on the Eye on College Basketball YouTube page: